The Samsung Galaxy A5 is one of our favorite smartphones in the Sammy range since they released the current S5 flagship. It’s not always about what has the highest specs, sometimes a device just feels great in the hand. What’s more, you’ll struggle to find a prettier press render than the shots that come along with this A-Series. The “5” marks the middle phone in the range. There’s still one that’s more expensive and likely ahead of this handset when it comes to future software updates for that reason. Check out why that’s relevant after the jump.
The new Android 5.0 Lollipop update is rolling out over the air for a bunch of different handsets. The Sammy S5 is one of those. Google and Android always look after their own devices first and then roll the updates out to the manufacturers how they prefer them. That usually means the more expensive devices finding it arriving before the rest. The one exception to that is a Google Play Edition handset, or if they start rolling updates to two different devices and just about the same time (bonus for the cheaper variant).
Anyway, if you want to gain root access on your handset under the same name, you can quickly do that by following Chainfire’s work below. It’s an easy method. Before starting the steps, we recommend checking out the sub-headings, so you don’t miss a beat.
- The Samsung Galaxy A5 comes with Android 4.4.X KitKat out of the box. The current method on this page works for the KitKat software update. We do not recommend you attempt flashing the file if you have downgraded the firmware to an earlier version, or if you are running Android Lollipop at a later date.
- Furthermore, there are several versions of the A5 with different model numbers. Only use this guide for the A500G model number. Check the number by navigating to the Settings, followed by About Device.
BEFORE WE BEGIN
- Install the latest USB drivers from the official Samsung website downloads page. You’ll see “Samsung drivers for mobile phones” universal link.
- Make sure you reserve enough battery power to keep the phone on during the flashing.
- You must have a Windows computer to use the Odin application.
- Enable the USB Debugging from the Developer Options menu.
HOW TO ROOT SAMSUNG GALAXY A5 SM-A500G IN ANDROID 4.4.4
1. Download the rooting file for SM-A500G.
2. Download the Odin 3.09 from this link.
3. Extract the contents of both files to the desktop.
4. Reboot the Galaxy A5 in Download Mode.
5. Connect it to the computer now using the USB cable.
6. Click the AP button and upload the tar.md5 file which you extracted to the desktop earlier.
7. Click the start button.
8. Now wait until the process completes.
9. The handset automatically reboots when the program is done.
You’ll have the ports open and ready for installing the root applications as soon as the device reboots. You can get further confirmation everything is working by installing the root checker application from Google Play. If it’s custom ROMs you’re after, then you’ll want to try to find a custom recovery image instead. The root access is purely for installing the root applications, though some custom ROMs do come with root access sometimes as well.